* Says election will be transparent
By Olayinka Ajayi
The Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC, has plaint over petitions and court amounting to 639 cases the commission is being faced with since August 2018.
Speaking during delegations of election observers visit from the European Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the INEC head Office in Abuja yesterday, the INEC National Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said: “Since August, we have been brought to court 639 times as at yesterday, over one aspect of the primaries or another.
“In addition we have received 186 petitions from aggrieved parties and candidates, and we have 584 requests for certified true copies of documents.”
The INEC chairman, who further disclosed plans by desperate politicians to buy votes through designated food vendors at the polling units, reiterated that Vote buying has been a recurring problem affecting Nigeria’s elections.
“The attention of the Commission was drawn to a new plan by some political actors to use food vendors around polling units with large voter populations as collection points for cash-for-votes as well as other forms of material inducement to voters on election day. We are aware of this trick. It will not work.
“We have had a series of very assuring meetings with the security agencies in order to ensure that processes are protected, the right of voters to vote freely safeguarded, access for observers and the media guaranteed, the election transparent and the outcome a true reflection of the will of the Nigerian people.”